Artist makes clouds in gallery

 Images Cumulusklein For his Nimbus series, Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde creates clouds in empty gallery settings. They are short-lived, but damned lovely. More images at Smilde's site and you can see a video of the cloud-making over at the Washington Post. (Thanks, Lindsay Winterhalter!)


    1. It’s actually a real-life cloud–watch the video, its much more impressive and cloud-like than a fog machine.

      1. Read the article: “he carefully regulates the temperature and humidity of the space, ensuring that conditions are perfect. Then, he sprays a short burst from a fog machine” All this is clearly visible in the video.

        It’s not a real-life cloud. To do that he’d have to open a window and convince a real life cloud to float in, and so far all attempts at that have been unsuccessful.

        The difference between this and fog effects at your favorite disco is precisely the technique he uses to regulate the temperature and humidity in the room. Without which the fog would just spread out and dissipate, looking like it does at any old cheezeball club. Here, he forces the fog to bunch up and form into these cloud like shapes that are so convincingly beautiful.

    2. Well now, I get low and I get high,

      and if I can’t get either, I really try.

      Got the wings of heaven on my shoes.

      I’m a dancin’ man and I just can’t lose.

    3. I think it’s cool.  The beauty is the point, and that one’s a pretty good cloud-shape.  It reminds me of the clouds I saw while out walking this morning, with daybreak just beginning to color the tops.  I hope he does some more under different (darker) lighting conditions.

      (Little fluffy clouds: you might still see them in the desert.)

      1. Many of us like nature and have pictures of nature on a walls.  This takes a simple element of nature and puts the emphasis on it to again show us how beautiful it really is.  Very nice.

    4. When did we start getting comments from people who hang out at the local disco every weekend?

  1. I was the floating soap foam from helium vented into soapy water.  This seems closer (though not that close) to real clouds.

  2. An “artist” puts a puff of fog in the air then takes a photo before it disappears and calls it “art”. A scientist finds a way to keep it there and then calls it “progress”.

    On another note. The article says the artist’s statement is “I wanted to make a very clear image, an almost cliché and cartoon like visualisation of having bad luck,”
    If this were really the case; Instead of making photographs of rooms with artificial “clouds” in them. Shouldn’t he instead be creating these “clouds” above the head of a person posing before taking a photograph?

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